Super Eagles captain set retirement day target
Super Eagles captain and goalie Vicent Enyeama has announced he will be retiring from international football after the 2017 AFCON competition.
He was keen on there been a reason why he was leaving since he has been between the post for Nigeria since 2002 .
Enyeama explained that the desire to give younger goalkeepers the opportunity to develop themselves prompt his decision to retire from the national team. “I can’t keep doing the same thing forever; there is going to be a time I have to stop and give it up to some other persons. I am the only face here since 2002, but 2017 Nations Cup finals will be my last game. I just said my target, anything can happen after,” he added.
The Eagles goalie explained that the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, prevented him from retiring from the team after it failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Enyeama said that his wife and pastor also prevailed on him to drop the plan. He further stated “I actually wanted to stop, it wasn’t a rumour. Nigeria is blessed with great goalkeepers, just that we need to give them confidence. Nobody gave me a chance when I started, I was a rookie also; I belt it up, I worked hard for it and became the big person that nobody wants to lose. What changed my mind was the passion of Nigerians. I had a lot of calls, my governor, Akpabio. Alot of people talked with me. These things, you don’t just ignore and my wife also talked with me. My wife didn’t want me to leave yet. I talked with my pastor and he said if everybody said stay, why not. So, I decided to continue, but then, there is going to be a time to call it quits.”